You have questions - we have answers!
To prepare you for your trip back to campus, we have provided a list of the most common Alumni Weekend questions.
If you have a question that we haven't answered below, please contact the Office of Lifetime Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-831-5600.
Q: Who can attend Alumni Weekend?
A: Alumni Weekend is open to all WPI alumni and their guests. There will be classes celebrating reunions, but a majority of the events throughout the weekend are for ALL alumni.
Q: Which classes are celebrating reunions during Alumni Weekend?
A: In 2023, alumni from undergraduate class years ending in 3 and 8 will celebrate reunions.
Q: How can I find out who is attending to Alumni Weekend?
A: An online Who's Coming will be available once registration opens. Be sure to check back often for updates! Please note that it may take a day or two for the Who's Coming list to display new registrants' names.
Q: Who are this year's Alumni Award recipients?
A: The names of the 2023 Alumni Award recipients will be available soon. Please check back for more information and plan to visit with our honorees at Honoring Our Champions on Saturday afternoon.
Q: How do I register for Alumni Weekend?
A: Registration for Alumni Weekend will open in March of 2023. The easiest and fastest way to register for Alumni Weekend is online (coming soon); however, downloadable and printable registration forms that you can mail to us will also be available. Advanced registration for Alumni Weekend will close on Sunday, May 14.
Q: Do I need to register for Alumni Weekend events in advance? What is the registration deadline?
A: Knowing you're coming helps us plan a fun and engaging experience for you! While advanced registration is not required for Alumni Weekend events, it is strongly recommended as some events and event spaces may have capacity limits. To ensure that you are able to attend an event, we encourage you to register in advance and as early as you can. Advanced registration for Alumni Weekend will close on Sunday, May 14.
Q: What is the $10 registration fee for?
A: A one-time non-refundable $10 registration fee will be applied to Alumni Weekend registration transactions to support the complimentary programming and services we provide throughout the weekend. This fee will not be applicable to online registration transactions where only the Afternoon Tea hosted by the Alden Society and/or the Alumni Outing with the Woo Sox are selected. The $10 fee is applicable to all mailed or faxed registrations, regardless of what event(s) are chosen.
Q: I registered for Alumni Weekend but my plans have changed. What should I do?
A: If you need to change or cancel your registration for Alumni Weekend, please contact the Office of Lifetime Engagement at 508-831-5600 or email@example.com. Please do not try to make changes or cancellations online. Please note that changes and cancellations are welcome through Friday, May 5, and that refunds cannot be provided after May 5. If your registration included the non-refundable $10 registration fee, that fee will not be refunded if your registration is changed or canceled.
Q: What are the current COVID-19 restrictions and policies at WPI? Are masks of vaccines required to attend Alumni Weekend?
A: WPI expects everyone attending an indoor event to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. (Most Alumni Weekend events will be held indoors.) Masks are welcome but not required on campus. WPI encourages everyone to respect the choices that individuals make about their own masking. For more information on WPI’s COVID-19 policies please click here.
Q: I need a place to stay during Alumni Weekend. Any recommendations?
A: The Office of Lifetime Engagement has partnered with a number of local hotels to offer accommodations for guests. On-campus accommodations in campus residence halls will not be available in 2023. For more information, please visit the Accommodations page.
Q: Where do I pick up my nametag and registration materials or register for events once I'm on campus?
A: The on-campus registration desk will be located on the main level of the Rubin Campus Center. Go here to check in when you arrive on campus, and to register for events if you have not registered ahead of time.
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: Photos of family and friends, memorabilia from your college years, a camera, a cell phone, an umbrella, changes of clothes, and anything else you may need to make your visit to campus more enjoyable. Please note that many of our events and activities are planned for outdoors, so please bring whatever you may need should we experience cooler temperatures or inclement weather.
Q: Is there a place on campus where I can store my belongings?
A: Unfortunately we are not able to provide Alumni Weekend guests with a secure location to store their personal belongings during their visit. Please plan what you bring to campus accordingly.
Q: What if I forget my cell phone charger at home?
A: Cell phone charging stations are available for a variety of devices throughout the Rubin Campus Center and in other buildings around campus. Our guests are welcome to use these charging stations as they need them.
Q: Is transportation available on campus?
A: A shuttle service will be provided to transport guests around campus. However, off-campus service to local hotels will not be available. A number of Worcester hotels provide their own local shuttle transportation.
Q: It's been a while since I've been back to campus. What's the best way to get there by car?
A: Please visit the Coming to Campus page on the WPI website for directions to campus.
Q: Where can I park?
A: All WPI parking lots will be open throughout Alumni Weekend. Handicap parking is available in most lots. Please click here for campus parking information.
Q: Are there facilities for people with disabilities?
A: We try to meet the needs of all of our guests. Please indicate on your Alumni Weekend registration form if you or someone in your party has needs that may require special accommodations or call the Office of Lifetime Engagement at 508-831-5600 so that we may discuss how we can accommodate your needs.
Q: What is the standard dress for the weekend?
A: Dress casually and comfortably for daytime activities. You may also choose to dress casually for Saturday's ReuNITE event where most class reunions will be celebrated. Business casual is recommended for dinners and reunion celebrations. In most cases, scheduled events and activities will take place as planned regardless of weather conditions, so please plan accordingly.
Q: Are there places to shop on and near campus?
A: Visit the WPI Bookstore (in the Rubin Campus Center) to purchase your WPI apparel and other items. Alumni will receive a discount valid during Alumni Weekend! You can also visit the registration desk for a list of local shops and restaurants.
Q: What will be served at each Alumni Weekend meal? Can WPI meet my dietary restrictions?
A: We will try our best to accommodate the dietary needs of all of our guests. Menus will be available online in the coming months and are subject to change without notice. If you or any of your guests have special dietary requirements, please tell us in your registration. It is strongly recommended that anyone with a dietary restriction register in advance so that we can better accommodate your needs and requests - we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate needs or requests that we are not notified about in advance of Alumni Weekend.
Q: How can someone contact me on campus during Alumni Weekend?
A: If anyone may need to contact you on campus in an emergency, please tell them that you can be reached through the WPI Campus Police at 508-831-5555. Campus Police will work with the Office of Lifetime Engagement to locate you during your visit.
Q: Is childcare available during Alumni Weekend?
A: Unfortunately WPI is not able to provide babysitting or childcare services for Alumni Weekend guests; however, there are many kid-friendly events being held during the weekend, and we hope you'll consider bringing the little ones along.
Q: How do I make a gift?
A: Thank you for considering a gift to WPI! Gifts can be made online or as part of your Alumni Weekend registration. (There will be an option in the registration form.) If you would like more information on giving to WPI, please click here.
If you are celebrating a reunion, any gift that you make to WPI during your reunion year will count towards your class's giving totals.